Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp yesterday signed into law a bill that includes civil liability protections for healthcare providers. The new law, which is in effect throughout the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, provides civil immunity to physicians and practices both for transmission of COVID-19 to patients and for care delivery that is affected by the response to the virus. It also requires notices to be posted at the entrance to practices warning of COVID-related waivers and risks assumed by patients entering for care. It does not offer protection for gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm. To view the text of the bill, click here.
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